4 Reasons to Invest in a Smart Key System

December 4, 2019 | 1,032 views

4 Reasons to Invest in a Smart Key System
4 Reasons to Invest in a Smart Key System

Security concerns are ongoing in any business. Most of us now trust our phones, computers, and information systems. We think nothing of buying items with mobile payments. We share proprietary data across networks, hoping we never have a security breach. And then, at the end of the workday, we close and lock the door, leaving everything we’ve built behind a bolted lock.

Computer systems offer back-ups in the cloud and portals protected with passwords and security questions. We deftly juggle multiple access points and software portals with the help of the system’s built-in protection and security. Unfortunately, many of us do not do the same with our brick and mortar portals—the doors to our offices.

A simple key lock might be enough, but many types of work environments would be more secure with advanced access systems. Advanced access to an office or building might come in the form of a keypad entry, a card scanner entry, or a biometric reading device. When an approved code, card, or biometric device is presented, the door opens. Here are five good reasons to invest in smart locks.

1.     Keyless Entry and Worry-Free Exit. The convenience is the most obvious daily benefit of using some sort of modern entry system such as a keypad lock; there is no need to keep track of a keychain. Just like newer cars with keypad entries, a simple code is all you need to access your office. If you want, you can even make them the same, so the code is easy to remember. And when you leave, the door locks behind you automatically.

2.     Increased Security. Traditional locks are easily picked or bumped by would-be thieves. With keyless entry systems, this is nearly impossible. And if someone does breach the door, there will be measurable damage to show insurance companies. Sometimes, damage is not visible on traditional locks. Some insurance companies might even lower premiums with a better lock in place.

3.     Track Employees. With any type of modern entry system, you can track when employees come and go. If you have a 24/7 business, this is a real advantage. Each employee has their own code, card key, or biometric markers. If needed, a manager or owner can review who was in the office when something went wrong. While we hope never to use it for this purpose, knowing all the employees who accessed a building during a particular time frame helps us root out untrustworthy employees.

4.     Programmable Operating Times. Business owners can schedule times when the doors cannot be opened at all, providing strict limits on when employees can access work areas. Even if someone is in the office 24/7, access to other areas can be restricted. This ensures a higher level of security for sensitive data and records, cash, or other valuable assets.

Smart lock systems offer good reasons to switch out your traditional locks and metal keys. For security and convenience, smart key systems are excellent choices for businesses.

Author Profile Jon Forknell is the Vice President and General Manager of Atlas Business Solutions, Inc., a software marketing company specializing in employee scheduling software, including ScheduleBase employee scheduling software, and other business software solutions. In the past, Jon has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Atlas Business Solutions was named as one of Software Magazine’s Top 500 Software Companies in 2004 through 2007, and 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

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